I heard someone say today that there are two dates on a tombstone. One is for our birth date, the other for our death date, but the dash in the middle is how we have left our mark on this earth. Our legacy. I’m not sure who said it, but I will find out, and do another post on it. The thing with this statement is that although it’s powerful, fear will hold you back.
Steve Harvey stated that we should “Jump”. I like Steve Harvey, and listening to his reasons why we should jump got me thinking; what is it gonna hurt? What do we have to lose if death is inevitable any damn ways? Nothing. We absolutely have nothing to lose by jumping, and following our dreams.
So many of us live a life of monotony. Every day is the same. It’s a rat race, and we know it, but we still wont jump because of fear.
FEAR is the ultimate reason so many of those dashes on our tombstone will just be dashes. Nothing special, just a dash to let people know that during your time on this planet you sat there in silence, and let all your dreams die with you. DEATH with no legend is the ultimate failure. It doesn’t have to be a big legacy, it just has to be yours. It doesn’t matter how small or big your dream is, its yours, and it matters. I refuse to live my little dash with no meaning. Les Brown said that, “the wealthiest place in the world is the cemetery”. A cemetery is filled with dead dreams. Books that weren’t written, and inventions that never seen the light of day.
What do we have to lose by taking a leap of faith? Nothing, not a damn thing, because in the end we all will die. I know it’s a hard pill to swallow for some, but it’s the truth. There is a movement going on in our world today. So many of us are waking up to the possibilities of living our dreams. No more sitting behind a desk, and allowing ourselves to wither away. No more working to make other people rich, and being told when to take vacations, and lunch breaks. We have the power to motivate ourselves, but first we must “jump”.
Ok I’m going to get on the honest train for a second. Again, I have another day where I wake up and wonder if I’m even going in the right direction. It happens, it’s a part of following your dreams. So, I get to my 9 to 5, and I just start doubting myself, until I look up my stats from my blog, and a lot of you are going to laugh, and that’s ok, I will too eventually, but today it made me smile. Why you ask? Because I have shares. People are actually sharing my work. Granted its only a few here, or a few there, but it’s still a share right?
Have you ever looked up what successful people say about how they became successful? I’m talking about actors, actresses, hell we all know Tony Robins too. This is what I do, and I enjoy it. I look up speeches from the very people I watch on T.V. to see if they have any words of wisdom that I may incorporate into my journey to following my dreams. A little statement from Jim Carey is a lesson he learned from his own father, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love”.
You guys, I don’t know what I’m doing, but each day I have to get up out of that bed, and learn, because jumping isn’t easy, but my dreams are worth it. I have to stop worrying about it. If you are genuinely authentic, people will take notice. They will have no choice to. We as humans, are starving for the truth, so go out there, and just take that leap of faith. If I can do it, so can you, and if I can do it without knowing how, so can you. I just take a step each day towards the direction of my dreams, and have faith that all will work out. If you are living your purpose, it will all work out.
Steve Harvey also said to do yourself a favor before you leave this world, and just jump one time.
Thank you, Steve Harvey, and Les Brown for your words of wisdom. They have helped me tremendously, and I hope they help others as well.